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Aug 11 10:19

HomeNewsNearly 7,000 terrorists mass near Aleppo as Moscow brokers humanitarian ceasefires

Nearly 7,000 heavy armored terrorists have taken positions southeast of the key Syrian city of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry says. The build-up comes as Moscow brokers a three-hour daily truce for the embattled city.
“The most alarming situation has unfolded in the southwest outskirts of Aleppo,” Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, told reporters on Wednesday.

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A general view shows rising smoke from burning tyres, which activists said are used to create smoke cover from warplanes, in Aleppo, Syria August 1, 2016 Abdalrhman IsmailCivilians killed as terrorists shell Aleppo, use toxic gas – Syrian officials

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The Jihadists (and the US government) understand that once Aleppo falls, it is all over.

Aug 11 09:55

Flashback: Hezbollah and Al Qaeda Fighters Edging Closer to Full Scale Confrontation

Syria's conflict is often described as a "civil war," but that is only true insofar as it has yet to spill over into another country on a large scale or draw in too many different forces. But it is the quintessential proxy war, with the Alawite (an offshoot of Shia Islam) Assad regime backed up by Shia allies Hezbollah and Iran, as well as Russia and China.

The Sunni rebels are supported by the Islamist rulers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, as well as the U.S., France, Britain and others.

Aug 11 07:54

Pentagon reveals no-bid $10 million contract for mercenaries and spies to fight ISIS in Syria

It’s not just U.S. troops battling ISIS. Now the Army is sinking millions of dollars into private intelligence contractors for the fight. Every day at 5 p.m., the Pentagon releases a list of that day’s contracts worth more than $7 million. On July 27, buried in the daily email was an eye-catching detail: Military contractors would be working inside Syria alongside the roughly 300 U.S. troops already deployed there.

Aug 11 07:15

Syrian army forces recapture several areas in southern Aleppo

Syrian army soldiers and allied popular defense groups have gained more grounds in Aleppo as they are trying to flush Daesh terrorists and other foreign-sponsored militants out of the strategic city.

Aug 11 06:34

Ex-CIA Analyst: Morell's Comments Predict 'Continuation of US Feckless Policy'

Former CIA Deputy-Head Michael Morell, who has thrown his support behind Hillary Clinton for the US presidency, said Tuesday during “CBS This Morning” that Russians and Iranians in Syria should be killed covertly to make their countries "pay a price."

Aug 10 09:59

2012 Documents Show State Department Aware Of Weapons Shipments To Terrorists In Syria, Hillary Lied In Testimony

While discussion of how Stevens was killed, how he was killed, or if anyone knew what was going to happen to Stevens is outside of the scope of this article, the question of whether or not it was known that Stevens was essentially working as a conduit between terrorists in Libya and those in Syria, as well as a facilitator of arms to those terrorists, is well worth mentioning. Indeed, it is important to note that documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Department of Defense and Department of State reveal that the Obama administration as well as the State Department, i.e. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were all well aware of the fact that weapons were being shipped to terrorists in Syria via Benghazi, Libya.

Aug 10 09:48

2012 DOD DOCUMENTS SHOW STATE DEPARTMENT WELL AWARE OF WEAPONS SHIPMENTS TO TERRORISTS IN SYRIA, HILLARY LIED IN TESTIMONY

While so many rumors, accusations, and scandals surround the 2013 incident in Benghazi where a number of U.S. ambassadorial staff as well as Ambassador Chris Stevens were murdered by Islamic extremists, the question almost always arises “How much was known about Stevens’ mission of supporting terrorists in Syria and who knew it?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lying, and lying under oath, are two of Hillary Clinton's greatest skills; but is this what voters really want in a President and Commander in Chief?!?

I have to wonder what will be the response of the Clintonistas if she wins/steals the elections, and wars are declared against just about any country Israel doesn't like; and they find their sons and daughters drafted, then dead, or maimed for life as a result of these wars.

Because I can nearly guarantee you that as President, this is going to happen under her watch.

And please don't get me wrong; I want to see a woman as President of the United States in the near future; but please, God, NOT THIS WOMAN!!

Aug 10 08:25

Has the CIA’s Plot to “Covertly” Kill Russians in Syria Come to Pass?

Former acting director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Michael Morell during a televised interview with American talk show host Charlie Rose, openly conspired to commit a raft of war crimes in Syria, suggesting that the US should take measures to ”covertly” kill Russians and Iranians through armed proxies on the ground.

Aug 10 08:01

Hundreds of Royal Marines to join the SAS to train New Syrian Army and fight ISIS

Britain will deploy hundreds of elite troops to the Middle East to train Syrian rebel forces in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), it has emerged.

In a bid to break the deadlock in the war-torn nation, Royal Marines will join the SAS to provide the New Syrian Army (NSA) with advanced training in neighboring Jordan.

After the training has finished, NSA fighters will return to battle alongside SAS forces in Syria.

Aug 09 16:06

Illegal Incursion? 1st Alleged Photo Evidence Of British Presence In Syria

Photos purporting to depict British special forces operating on the Syria-Iraq border are believed to be the first photo evidence of UK troops on the ground in Syria. The pictures show heavily armed troops in patrol vehicles near a recent battle scene.

Aug 09 15:58

Al Qaeda’s Name Game In Syria

The Nusra Front’s adoption of the new name Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and claim that it has separated itself from Al Qaeda was designed to influence U.S. policy, not to make the group any more independent of Al Qaeda.

Aug 09 13:46

Russian Bombers Target ISIS Positions Near Palmyra

Six long-range bombers Tu-22M3 target ISIS positions east and north-west of Palmyra, Syria.

Aug 09 13:39

‘Kill Russians and Iranians, threaten Assad,’ says ex-CIA chief backing Clinton

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell, who supports Hillary Clinton and insists that Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Russians and Iranians in Syria should be killed covertly to “pay the price.”

The ex-CIA chief, who worked with Clinton while she was secretary of state, told CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose that Iran and Russia should “pay a big price” in Syria – and by that he meant killing them.

Aug 09 13:37

Ready to restore ties: Putin, Erdogan revive economic plans, agree to Syria talks

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented a united front at their first meeting since Turkey shot down a Russian plane last year, promising to rapidly rebuild a damaged economic relationship and find a new common policy for solving the Syrian conflict.

“We have gone through a very difficult moment in the relationship between our two countries, but now we would all like to overcome it in the interests of both our peoples,” said the Russian president during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart in St. Petersburg.

“We want to restore our relationship not only for pragmatic reasons, but in the long-term interests of our countries, and for the sake of promoting good neighborly relations between Russians and Turks.”

Aug 09 10:46

Wikileaks confirms Hillary sold weapons to ISIS

Although Hillary Clinton has repeatedly denied that she sold weapons to the Islamic Stats while serving as Secretary of State, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims he has proof to the contrary.

Thepoliticalinsider.com reported: In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Aug 09 10:08

FLASHBACK 2014 - US airdrops weapons into #ISIS hands - #Syria Ayn Al Arab

Aug 09 10:07

Russian Aerospace Forces 'Breaking Backbone' of Int'l Terrorism in Syria

The Russian Aerospace Forces, successfully carrying out their operations in Syria, are "breaking the backbone" of the international terrorism, the Forces' Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Saturday.

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Aug 09 09:37

Photos Confirm U.K. Special Forces Protecting Terrorists In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

On August 8, 2016 the BBC published photographs and reported on yet another illegal incursion into Syria by Western NATO forces and yet another violation of Syrian national sovereignty by the United Kingdom. This time, the photographs show British Special Forces operating on the ground inside Syria in al-Tanf, near the Syrian-Iraq border, an area that is also near the Jordanian border.

The pictures themselves date back to June of this year and appear to have been taken shortly after a battle at al-Tanf between the New Syrian Army and ISIS, both Western-backed terrorist organizations. The British soldiers are photographed allegedly setting up a perimeter in order to guard the NSA base from further incursion by ISIS...

Aug 09 09:30

Illegal incursion? 1st alleged photo evidence of British presence in Syria

Photos purporting to depict British special forces operating on the Syria-Iraq border are believed to be the first photo evidence of UK troops on the ground in Syria. The pictures show heavily armed troops in patrol vehicles near a recent battle scene.

Aug 09 08:11

False Flags, Hoaxes & Puppet Terrorists - The David Icke VideoCast/PodCast Trailer

Icke sticks to an upfront analysis of how under the neocon/PNAC/Zionist influence the US creates and uses terror and uses lies and subterfuge to instigate proxy wars on Muslim countries. He explains why invariably these murderous actions also seem to create the outcomes desired by Israel as described in the document "A Clean Break." He compares the film "Wag the Dog" to the news stories presented in our mainstream media and says we are watching a "Wag the Dog" movie every night on the news.

Aug 08 19:36

More Neocon Excuses To Bomb Syria

Official Washington’s influential neocons continue to dream up new excuses for expanding U.S. military intervention in Syria, including why to bomb Syrian government forces and confront Russia, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Aug 08 13:59

While y’all are watching the Olympics, Putin just made his move…

he political leader of a prominent U.S.-backed brigade in Aleppo said he met with a Russian official nearly two weeks ago, who offered him “unlimited amounts of weaponry and close air support” to wage war with ISIS and Jabhat al Nusra, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria, the Daily Beast reported [last] Friday.

Mustafa Sejry said members of his Liwa al-Mu’tasim Brigade were concerned about shifting their loyalties to Russia given Moscow’s close alliance with their enemy—the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

“Honestly, I would have never ever even thought about working with the Russians after their horrific atrocities against us and their slaughtering thousands of my own people,” Sejry said. “But this change of mindset I blame on the Americans.”

Aug 08 13:08

Russia, Syria And The US: Hillary’s Foreign Policy Priority

A week ago, after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the two sides had made progress on the matter of coordination and intelligence sharing in the air war against al-Nusra (now re-dubbed Fatah al-Sham) and ISIL in Syria.

Aug 08 12:06

Seeing Syria as a Proxy War Against Russia, US Officials Fear They’re ‘Losing’

US officials and analysts have been warning Syria’s Civil War could quickly devolve into a proxy war between Russia and the United States, but to hear them talk lately, that proxy war has been going on for some time already, and they’re not liking America’s chances.

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Repeat after me: Vee ... et ... nam!

Aug 08 11:46

New Zealand Gives $17.2m Funding Boost To Support Syrian Refugees' Health

A funding boost of $17.2 million over four years will help support 500 Syrian refugees arriving in New Zealand.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said the funding in Budget 2016 will help support refugees arriving over the next two years.

Aug 08 08:43

Syria, Russia Engage in Major Bombing of al-Nusra Front Stronghold Near Aleppo

On Sunday, Russian and Syrian Army aircraft dropped a wave of heavy munitions over the city of Idlib, the base of operations for the terrorist organization al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda affiliate) one day after rebels led by the Islamist extremist organization broke through the siege of Aleppo.

Aug 08 07:30

Russian strategic bombers destroy terrorists’ positions in eastern Homs

Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that Russian warplanes raided on ISIS terrorists’ positions in Palmyra area in the eastern countryside of Homs.

Aug 08 07:19

“Liar in Chief” Obama Supports the Terrorists, Wants War with Russia and China, Still Intends to Overthrow Syrian Government

I just listened to Obama give Washington’s account of the situation with ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

In Obama’s account, Washington is defeating ISIL in Iraq, but Russia and Assad are defeating the Syrian people in Syria. Obama denounced Russia and the Syrian government—but not ISIL—as barbaric. The message was clear: Washington still intends to overthrow Assad and turn Syria into another Libya and another Iraq, formerly stable and prosperous countries where war now rages continually.

Aug 08 00:44

10 things you need to know about Syria

Aug 07 15:15

Vladimir Putin to Bloomberg and US general officers: you ain’t seen nothing yet

Because Bershidsky cannot apply reason in the political universe. He is working with a perverse ideology that does not allow him to think clearly and rationally. Therefore, he is morally and intellectually blind. Bershidsky again writes,

“The U.S. appears to be allowing Assad, Putin and Iranian generals to implement their plan. If they succeed in taking Aleppo, they will face Islamic State without U.S. support. They probably would be able to defeat the terror group if they’re not forced to fight on several fronts.”[5]

What’s wrong with that? Don’t we want terrorist groups to be defeated once and for all? Didn’t the US declare “war on terror”? Why is defeating terrorist organizations keeping Bershidsky up at night? Obviously Bershidsky shows that he is working for the Powers That Be when he says, “If the U.S. allows this scenario to unfold, its credibility as an international arbiter will inevitably suffer.”[6]

What Bershidsky is implicitly saying here is that if Russia defeats terrorism in Syria, then the credibility of the United States will be at stake!

Aug 07 11:45

ISIS Acquires Another U.S. Weapons Cache

Militants linked to Islamic State have released photos that purport to show weapons and equipment that belonged to American soldiers and were captured by the group in eastern Afghanistan. The photos, which came to light on Saturday, show an American portable rocket launcher, radio, grenades and other gear not commonly used by Afghan troops, as well as close up views of identification cards for a U.S. Army soldier, Specialist Ryan Larson.

Aug 07 08:12

Danish jets have bombed Syria for the first time

The four Danish F-16 fighter jets sent to fight the militant group ISIS have entered combat in Syria for the first time, hitting targets in the Islamic group's self-styled capital, Raqqa.

Aug 07 07:55

ALEPPO: Top Ten Myth-Busting Facts

When the battle for Aleppo began, we witnessed yet again the cranking up of the propaganda machine to distort and bend the truth into palatable soundbites for the misinformed and deceived US and European public. ‘Barrel bombs’, chemical weapons and yes, even “incubator babies”, once more infiltrated the talking-head-speak as the mainstream media scrambled to turn the tide of popular opinion now clearly pushing back against western attempts to discredit the Syrian government and Syrian National Army [SAA] fighting to cleanse their country of NATO and GCC toxic armies of terror.

Aug 06 10:51

“Liar in Chief” Obama Supports the Terrorists, Wants War with Russia and China, Still Intends to Overthrow Syrian Government

If Helen Thomas were still there, she would ask the Liar-in-Chief what went wrong with Washington’s policy in Iraq. We were promised that a low-cost “cakewalk” war of three or six weeks duration would bring “freedom and democracy” to Iraq. Why is it that 13 years later Iraq is a hellhole of war and destruction?

What happened to the “freedom and democracy?” And the “Cakewalk”?

You can bet your life that no presstitute asked Obama this question.

No one asked the Liar-in-Chief why the Russians and Syrians could clear ISIL out of most of Syria in a couple of months, but Washington has been struggling for several years to clear ISIL out of Iraq. Is it possible that Washington did not want to clear ISIL out of Iraq because Washington intended to use ISIL to clear Assad out of Syria?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Russian and Chinese leadership; thinking Americans do not want to see their country go to war against you.

And as you are well aware, the American military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to such a war.

Please understand: I love this country very much.

That being said, however, I have had, and am having, some intense moral, and practical, concerns about the really bad decision-making, demonstrated by the US government, concerning its use of military force, over the last two decades.

But if such a war comes, it most likely will happen this Fall, particularly if internal DNC and White House polling finds Hillary Clinton woefully behind in this year's Presidential elections.

As reported by the nytimes.com in September of 2002, relative to the campaign to "justify" the coming US government's attack against Iraq:

White House officials said today that the administration was following a meticulously planned strategy to persuade the public, the Congress and the allies of the need to confront the threat from Saddam Hussein. The rollout of the strategy this week, they said, was planned long before President Bush's vacation in Texas last month. It was not hastily concocted, they insisted, after some prominent Republicans began to raise doubts about moving against Mr. Hussein and administration officials made contradictory statements about the need for weapons inspectors in Iraq. The White House decided, they said, that even with the appearance of disarray it was still more advantageous to wait until after Labor Day to kick off their plan. ''From a marketing point of view,'' said Andrew H. Card Jr., the White House chief of staff who is coordinating the effort, ''you don't introduce new products in August.'' A centerpiece of the strategy, White House officials said, is to use Mr. Bush's speech on Sept. 11 to help move Americans toward support of action against Iraq, which could come early next year. ''Everybody felt that was a moment that Americans wanted to hear from him,'' said Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's chief political adviser. Sept. 11 will also be a time, Mr. Rove said, ''to seize the moment to make clear what lies ahead.''

It is very clear to me that when any government believes it has to "sell" its public on a particular narrative to push their war agenda, it has neither the truth, nor the high moral ground on its side.

Aug 06 09:34

War against Isis: US-led coalition accused of killing civilians using 'scorched earth policy' in Syria

Members of the US-led coalition have been accused of deploying a “scorched earth policy” in Syria by activists who claim to have documented scores of civilian deaths.

One group of anti-Isis activists, called Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, has said air strikes supporting a key offensive in Manbij are killing innocent families.

“The international coalition is using a scorched earth policy in the city and supporting the Syrian Democratic forces that have been surrounding the city for two months,” the group said.

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This does not surprise me in the slightest; the US government has a very sordid history of saying one thing, then doing quite the opposite.

Aug 06 09:34

2012 Documents Show State Department Aware Of Weapons Shipments To Terrorists In Syria, Hillary Lied In Testimony

By Brandon Turbeville

While so many rumors, accusations, and scandals surround the 2013 incident in Benghazi where a number of U.S. ambassadorial staff as well as Ambassador Chris Stevens were murdered by Islamic extremists, the question almost always arises “How much was known about Stevens’ mission of supporting terrorists in Syria and who knew it?”...

Aug 06 09:21

US-backed Syrian rebels responsible for toxic gas attack in Aleppo – Russian military

Syrian fighters from a rebel group considered ‘moderate’ by Washington are responsible for using toxic gas shells that killed seven and injured 23 in Aleppo on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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A general view shows rising smoke from burning tyres, which activists said are used to create smoke cover from warplanes, in Aleppo, Syria August 1, 2016 Abdalrhman Ismail Civilians killed as terrorists shell Aleppo, use toxic gas – Syrian officials
“On August 2, 2016 at 19 hours 05 minutes militants from the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki group, considered by Washington as ‘moderate opposition’, launched poisonous materials from the Sukkari district towards the eastern part of Aleppo,” the ministry said.

It added that the territory is under rebel control and that shells were fired towards “the residential area” of the Salah-Eddin district.

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Ironic and bizarre, isn't it, that those jihadist groups characterised by the US government as "moderate" use poison gas against their own people, and behead children on camera?!?

Warning: highly graphic; horrific to watch, but should be seen, because THIS, folks, is what the US government is doing with your tax dollars in Syria.

US-backed rebels in Syria assassinating a 12 year old Palestinian child

Aug 06 06:19

Hillary Clinton made a small fortune by arming ISIS: Wikileaks

In a sensational development, the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has revealed that US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton earned $100k while she was director of a company tasked to arm the rebels in Syria.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Assange claimed that along with the office of the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was also the director of the French company Lafarge, which was handling the US’s secret mission in Syria that aimed to topple the government of President Assad.

Aug 05 16:35

Terrorists Shoot Down Russian Planes With U.S. TOW Missiles After McCain Calls For It

By Brandon Turbeville

In three and a half decades, the United States has come full circle in terms of its publicly stated strategy overseas. From the late 1970s when the U.S. armed the Mujihadeen “rebels” to draw in and fight the Soviets in Afghanistan to 2016 when the U.S. has given Syrian “rebels” (aka moderate terrorists) TOW missiles to shoot down Russian aircraft over Syria, the U.S. and Russia are engaged in a proxy war – at least this time entirely at the impetus of the U.S. and its allies – where the people of a target nation pay the ultimate price...

Aug 05 16:19

U.S. Continues To Arm And Support Terrorists That Beheaded Young Boy On Camera

By Brandon Turbeville

Putting on display a perfect example of just how little the United States cares about human rights and crimes against humanity, the U.S. State Department is refusing to say whether or not will continue to fund, arm, and support a terrorist group in Syria that beheaded a little boy on camera for the world to see.

Always known for their brutality and inhumanity to innocent men, women, and children, America’s “rebels” sunk to a new low with the beheading of a child (under the age of 12) they had accused of fighting alongside the Liwaa al-Quds (Quds Brigade), a Palestinian militia fighting alongside the Syrian government...

Aug 05 14:38

Obama At Pentagon: Syria Mess Is All Assad’s Fault

Some presidents grow in office and some presidents grow once out of office (Jimmy Carter comes to mind). But some presidents seem to learn very little during their four or eight year term. Unfortunately, especially when it comes to foreign policy, it seems President Obama falls into that latter category.

Aug 05 14:01

The Reluctant Enemy

The Enemy according to Trump is unemployment, outsourcing, immigration, wars abroad, neocons and free-wheeling allies, the Clintonites chose, Russia as the enemy.

In words of Jeffrey Sachs, “Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex supporting every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.” And now she and her party set their sights on Russia.

Aug 05 12:40

Syria gains in Aleppo ‘turning point’ in resolving crisis: Iran MP

A senior Iranian lawmaker says the recent advances of the Syrian army and its allies in the northwestern city of Aleppo are a “turning point” in the settlement of the crisis in the Arab country.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis in Damascus on Thursday.

The Iranian legislator expressed hope that the Syrian army would emerge victorious over the foreign-backed militancy soon.

Aleppo has been divided between government forces and militants since 2012, a year after the conflict broke out in the Arab country.

The Syrian forces are pushing terrorists back in militant-controlled areas of Aleppo as part of a military operation aimed at fully liberating it from the grip of the extremists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the US will not get its regime change in Syria after all!!

Aug 05 11:40

Neocons Promote War on Syria: “Drone and Cruise Missile” Strikes to Take Out Assad

Ross and Tabler’s assessment on what Washington should do in Syria has imperial motives to destroy, destabilize and then control Syria and then target Hezbollah and eventually Iran. Israel would be the dominant power in the Middle East. One of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails from December 31st, 2012 was released earlier this year by Wikileaks proved that the then-Secretary of State under the Obama administration wanted to use military force to overthrow the Assad government from the start of the civil war and strengthen Israel’s security apparatus:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dennis Ross has never, ever met a potential war he didn't absolutely love.

But were I ever to talk with him about this proposal for Syria, I would have to ask the unasked question here. There is a 3,000 lb gorilla in the living room, snoozing on the Boesendorfer grand piano, and THAT... is the Russian presence in Syria, coupled with its fighting the jihadists, along-side the Syrian Army.

How will Russia respond to US strikes of this nature?!? Do Ross and Taylor believe that a war with Russia would be a "good thing" for the US to do, to get al-Assad out?!?

Because that, my friends, is a real possibility, if the US government follows their suggestion.

And Israel's "monopoly" on weapons in the Middle East just went KERPLUNK, when Erdogan locked down the Incerlik US/NATO base last month, post-coup, and that base contains an estimated 50 to 90 thermonuclear weapons.

the US and NATO personnel may well be evacuated from that base soon; but Erdogan most probably will not let those weapons out of his sight.

Turkish scientists are very bright people; they will figure out a way to over-ride the fail-safe commands, and program them with their own security codes.

Aug 05 07:50

10 Facts the Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You About the War in Syria

Corporate media regularly attempts to present Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria as solely responsible for the ongoing conflict in the region. The media does report on events that contradict this narrative — albeit sparingly — but taken together, these underreported details shine a new light on the conflict.

Aug 05 07:48

Behold, a Pale Horse and its Rider’s Name Was Death — Paul Craig Roberts

I just listened to Obama give Washington’s account of the situation with ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

In Obama’s account, Washington is defeating ISIL in Iraq, but Russia and Assad are defeating the Syrian people in Syria. Obama denounced Russia and the Syrian government—but not ISIL—as barbaric. The message was clear: Washington still intends to overthrow Assad and turn Syria into another Libya and another Iraq, formerly stable and prosperous countries where war now rages continually.

It sickens me to hear the President of the United States lie and construct a false reality, so I turned off the broadcast. I believe it was a press conference, and I am confident that no meaningful questions were asked.

Aug 05 06:57

Iran Captures Daesh Terrorists Sent from Mosul, Raqqa: Senior MP

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said that Iran has arrested several terrorists that Daesh had sent from Iraq and Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... so the White House would have an excuse to start bombing Iran, no doubt!

Aug 04 16:21

Eric Trump predicts dad will ‘win this crazy thing’

'I think we're going to win this crazy thing,' he said.

As his father’s seemingly quixotic campaign caught fire, Eric Trump, 32, an admitted political neophyte, found himself thrust into the heart of it all. He barnstormed across small towns in Iowa and New Hampshire, gamely doing interviews on local radio stations and Fox News, all while balancing growing responsibilities to the company.

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Aug 04 16:18

Julian Assange: “1,700 emails” proves Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

“A vote today for Hillary Clinton is a vote for endless, stupid war,” - Julian Assange

In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Clinton took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” (aka Al Qaeda/ISIS) to back the CIA-led insurgency for regime change in Syria.

Aug 04 16:14

9NEWS’ Brandon Rittiman interviews Donald Trump

Donald Trump: You look at how horribly are veterans are being taken care of.

BRANDON RITTIMAN: So, I want to start by asking. Hillary Clinton did make history. I know she’s not your favorite person, but she made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major party in American history.

Do you acknowledge that? Is that a positive step for the country?

TRUMP: She’s got bad judgment. Everything she’s touched has turned bad. Whether it’s Syria, or Libya, or the migration, or the beginning of the Iran deal. She’s got horrible judgment. She voted for the war in Iraq. Another mistake. She was in favor of NAFTA. Another mistake. She’s got bad judgment.

We’re going to have a woman president, but it shouldn’t be her. She would be catastrophic for our country.

Aug 04 15:46

Encirclement Of Aleppo Complete As Syria Awaits Battle For Aleppo

By Brandon Turbeville

Aleppo has now been effectively encircled by the Syrian military. The encirclement is the result of years of heavy fighting between the SAA and the Western-backed terrorists who have managed to control a portion of the city and hold it for the majority of the crisis...

Aug 04 15:37

Kerry warns Assad to start transition by Aug. 1 _ or else

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria's government and its backers in Moscow and Tehran on Tuesday that they face an August deadline for starting a political transition to move President Bashar Assad out, or they risk the consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the 5-year-old civil war.

Aug 04 09:40

Russian Helicopter Downed Amid Massive Insurgent Offensive to Break Aleppo Siege.

All five personnel on board are believed dead although in the footage of the aftermath only two bodies can be seen.

These bodies are a considerable distance from the downed helicopter suggesting that the people dead on the ground survived the crash and were able to crawl from the burning helicopter before succumbing to their wounds or being executed by the insurgents who found them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The part they are not mentioning is that this particular helicopter was on a humanitarian mission.

Aug 04 08:29

SYRIA: The US Peace Council Delegation Meets President Bashar Al Assad and Grand Mufti Hassoun

On the 24th of July 2016, the US Peace Council delegation entered Syria for a week of talks and meetings with Syrian religious leaders, government spokespeople, parliamentarians, education ministers, Syrian NGOs and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

Aug 04 07:16

State Dept. dodges RT questions about US-backed ‘moderates’ implicated in Syria chemical attack

Washington dodged questions about a chemical attack in Syria, which the Russian military has blamed on US-backed militants, refusing to clarify whether the “incident” if confirmed would disqualify the group from being considered “moderate.”

Aug 04 06:48

Bomb Assad regime, not Islamic State: former White House adviser

A former Middle East adviser to Barack Obama has called on the U.S. President to reverse course in Syria and begin – finally – to bomb the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, rather than attacking Islamic State jihadi forces.

Dennis Ross, who served as Mr. Obama’s senior adviser from 2009 to 2011, as well as in the administrations of presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, said that bombing Syrian bases is “the language Mr. Assad and [his ally, Russian President Vladimir] Putin understand.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your parachute ...

Aug 03 15:40

Two Separate Chemical Attacks Reported In Northern Syria

Two chemical attacks have reportedly taken place in northern Syria. One occurred in the government-controlled part of the city of Aleppo.

Aug 03 15:27

WikiLeaks: Hacked Emails Prove Hillary ARMED JIHADISTS In Syria - Including ISIS

Fresh off of throwing the Democratic National Convention into turmoil after proving that party officials had conspired to sabotage Bernie Sanders' campaign, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced that he has some even more damaging material in his trove of hacked emails — this time involving Hillary Clinton pushing to arm jihadists in Syria, including ISIS.

As Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft notes, in her testimony in January 2013 during the congressional Benghazi hearings, Clinton denied under oath having any knowledge of the weapons trade program with Syrian rebels that took place a year before the Benghazi attack. Now Assange says that in the collection of hacked emails his group has procured, 17,000 are "about Libya alone," and among them is proof that Clinton "pushed" for weapons to be sent to "jihadists within Syria, including ISIS."

Aug 03 12:41

ALEPPO: Updates from the Battlefield

The wars rage inside and outside Syria with the incredible hyper amplification of propaganda regarding the situation in Aleppo where the Syrian Arab Army has been liberating sectors of the eastern terrorist occupied area of Aleppo city and providing safe passage along pre-ordained humanitarian corridors to the waiting relief efforts and shelters.

The scenes of jubilation from civilians released from 4 years of oppressive and violent occuption by various US backed terrorist entities have flooded pro Syria news outlets and social media, while the NATO and gulf media have of course been pumping up the volume on ever more far fetched accusations of hospital bombings and terrorization of civilians..the same civilians hugging their liberators and describing life under terrorist occupation as hell on earth.

Aug 03 11:12

New Chemical Weapons Claims Pose Threat of US Escalation of Syrian War

Allegations and insinuations that the Syrian regime is waging chemical warfare should be taken as a warning. In August and September, 2013, the Obama administration seized on claims of a Syrian government sarin gas attack—later proven by journalist Seymour Hersh and others to be fabricated—to bring the US to the brink of yet another full-scale war in the Middle East. Obama ultimately decided against direct US involvement after the British parliament scuttled UK entry, and amid mass popular disaffection with war and sharp divisions within the military-intelligence apparatus.

Obama’s last-minute pullback from direct US involvement has been the source of sharp recriminations in American ruling circles. Proponents of an attack, including the current Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, viewed the decision as a humiliating retreat that would embolden Russia, which maintains its only foreign naval base in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may well signal the prelude to a wider (and uninvited)) US military effort against Syria, which can put the US into direct military confrontation against Russia; this would be most unwise, on the part of the current Administration.

And if the White House is contemplating doing this as a "rallying cry" for Hillary Clinton's moribund Presidential campaign, complete with a potential decap strike against Al-Assad himself, I would strongly caution you to not do this.

At this point in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Aug 03 09:09

Why the DC-Wall Street Axis Hates Trump

We have been at war since 2001. And as one looks on the ruins of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and adds up the thousands dead and wounded and trillions sunk and lost, can anyone say our War Party has served us well?

Aug 02 20:54

Dangers of Military Escalation: Russian Helicopter Shot Down By US-Backed Syrian “Opposition” as Battle Rages over Aleppo

“The United States has equipped some rebel groups with TOW anti-tank missiles, which can also be used against helicopters."
It is quite possible that Washington provided such weapons to the Islamist opposition for use against Russian and Syrian government forces. The US is growing increasingly desperate at the situation facing its Islamist proxies...
Decimated by Russian air power, the anti-Assad forces were stunned by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement earlier this month that he would seek better relations with the Syrian regime. They now fear that Turkey may permanently cut off their supply lines.

Wikileaks confirmed that the Obama administration has deliberately provoked the civil war in Syria as the “best way to help Israel.”

Aug 02 16:26

In the recently retaken from militants DAESH the area of Bani Zayd, Aleppo, Syrian army discovered cache of NATO weapons. Among the interesting finds of the TOW 2 ATGM and Milan.

Aug 02 11:48

Democratic Party’s Inflammatory Anti-Putin Rhetoric Prepares Escalation of Syrian War

On Friday evening, the New York Times published a lead story under the headline, “Russian Spies Said to Hack Systems Used in Clinton’s Run,” alleging that hackers associated with the Russian government infiltrated computer systems linked with the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

This inflammatory piece was the latest in a series of articles and columns that have appeared over the past several days in the Times and other news outlines claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin is involved in an attempt to influence the 2016 election.

Friday’s report, like those that have preceded it, contained not a single fact to support the explosive allegations made in its headline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This demonization of Russia and Putin was perfectly predictable, as the prelude for more US military activity in Syria, which may bring the US military into direct military conflict with the Russian military, which was invited by the Syrian government.

In fact, as reported at antiwar.com yesterday:

Speaking to reporters today, Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Russia and the Syrian government both halt all offensive operations inside Syria, making no moves against any rebel factions, saying Russia had an obligation to ensure that the Assad government also stopped trying to gain territory in the civil war. Kerry presented this as a self-evident part of the ongoing efforts to resolve the war, saying continued fighting was “very, very troubling to everybody” and raised doubts as to whether or not Russia was serious about ending the war, what with its willingness to back offensives with airstrikes. The comments seem more than a little hypocritical, coming amid a massive US-backed offensive in the north Syrian city of Manbij. Though Kerry insisted in his comments that the US is obliged to keep rebels from launching offensives, there’s been no sign they’ve even attempted to do so.

Again, if internal White House and DNC polling demonstrate that Trump may well win in November in a landslide, Obama's White House is not above starting a shooting war with Russia over Syria very soon, to give Trump an horrific war as his first major crisis, even before he takes the oath of office,

Aug 02 11:14

SANDERS CONVENTION VOLUNTEER SHARES HOW DNC MADE HER IRRELEVANT AND INVISIBLE

Shelby Gittens traveled with a group of 200 people to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She worked on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign for about a year and expected to work at the convention as a floor volunteer. However, personnel overseeing the convention revoked access for over 800 Sanders volunteers, including Gittens, and basically told them to go enjoy Philadelphia.

Part of why Sanders volunteers experienced this treatment may relate to the fact that the convention trained volunteers to target Sanders delegates and threaten anyone holding signs against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, natural gas fracking, or for Palestinian human rights with ejection from the Wells Fargo Arena. Volunteers were part of a deliberate strategy to make it appear there was unity at the convention, and they may have believed Sanders volunteers would not go along with the suppression of Sanders delegates.

Aug 02 11:13

IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT FOR PRESIDENT?

“1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection” proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

Aug 02 10:43

Kerry: Russia, Syria Must Stop All ‘Offensive Operations’ Against All Rebels

Speaking to reporters today, Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Russia and the Syrian government both halt all offensive operations inside Syria, making no moves against any rebel factions, saying Russia had an obligation to ensure that the Assad government also stopped trying to gain territory in the civil war.

Kerry presented this as a self-evident part of the ongoing efforts to resolve the war, saying continued fighting was “very, very troubling to everybody” and raised doubts as to whether or not Russia was serious about ending the war, what with its willingness to back offensives with airstrikes.

The comments seem more than a little hypocritical, coming amid a massive US-backed offensive in the north Syrian city of Manbij. Though Kerry insisted in his comments that the US is obliged to keep rebels from launching offensives, there’s been no sign they’ve even attempted to do so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Secretary of State Kerry has "demanded that Russia and the Syrian government both halt offensive operations inside Syria...."

Mr. Secretary, forgive me, but I am more than a little confused over this "demand".

Because the last time I checked, Bashar Al Assad was the legitimately elected President of Syria, and the titular commander of the Syrian Armed Forces.

He has invited the Russian forces to get rid of the jihadists, and the Russian forces, in concert with Syrian forces, have done a marvelous job of that.

Are you telling Al Assad that he has absolutely no right to bring down forces which are killing the Syrian people?!? Are you telling Putin that he must remove Russian troops, invited by the Syrian government, because, perhaps they have been doing too good a job at getting rid of the jihadists, including those alleged "moderate jihadists", supported and trained by the US (like the ones which shot down the Russian humanitarian mission chopper yesterday)?!?

And just pray tell WHAT President Obama is prepared to do, if neither Syria nor Russia acquiesce to your demands, 4 months before the US national election?!?

Go in with guns blazing, and attempt a de-cap strike against Al Assad, which most likely will mean war with Russia?!?

Sir, I would politely like to remind you of just how "brilliantly" the US's attempted coup in Turkey went, the middle of last month, and where we are at this moment.

Please remember the Erdogan's government believes that the US government was complicit in the abortive coup, based on Russian intercepts of coded messages from the US, and Erdogan was warned in time to prevent the coup from taking hold in Turkey.

1. The NATO/US base, with US and NATO troops inside, at Incerlik is in lockdown, surrounded by 7,000 Turkish troops.
2. The US Joint Chief of Staff, General Dunsford, is in Ankara as I type this, attempting to work out some kind of a "deal" with the Turkish government, pleading that it not to leave NATO.
3. The future fate of those personnel in Incerlik is in complete jeopardy, until Imam Gulen, the Turkish religious figure now living in Pennsylvania who Erdogan believes was also involved in the coup, gets extradited by the US government to Ankara. The US government absolutely does not want to do that, because Gulen is a CIA asset.
4. Then, let us talk about the estimated 50 to 90 thermonuclear bombs stored at Incerlik.
5. If Gulen is not extradited, and Turkey repudiates NATO, and decides to pivot to Moscow, Erdogan may just have the NATO and US personnel "escorted" to another NATO safe haven (like the facility on Crete), and keep the bombs.
5. Thus, the US and NATO will have created a second nuclear-capable country in the Middle East other than Israel.

Sir, forgive me, but since this aborted coup was such an utter and total catastrophe and fluster cluck, I am deeply concerned about what the US government's response will be to neither Syria nor Russia complying with the US government's demands, and what the outcome will be here.

But I have to speculate; if internal DNC and White House polls indicate that Trump will "hand Hillary her hat" in the November elections, is the plan to "gift" him with an horrendous war, long before he takes the oath of office in January?!?

Cornered and panicked politicians are like wounded animals, which means they are very dangerous; I frankly wouldn't put something like this past the Obama Administration.

Aug 02 08:53

Now Trump camp says Clinton is 'linked to ISIS' as it charges Hillary is 'tied to brutal theocratic and Islamist regimes'

Donald Trump's campaign, which has already blasted Hillary for failing to contain ISIS, is now charging she is 'linked' to the group because of a French company's contribution to the Clinton foundation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The latest WikiLeaks email dump confirms that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was supplying arms to ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria.

Aug 02 07:57

Helicopter drops ‘chlorine gas’ in Syrian town

A helicopter dropped barrels suspected to contain chlorine gas on a northern Syrian town, a doctor and rescuers said.

About 30 people were affected by the attack, which took place in Saraqeb in Idlib province. It is not clear who was responsible. Both sides in Syria's civil war have been accused of, and denied, using chemical agents.

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Aug 02 06:56

Syrian Army, Popular Forces Advance in Aleppo, Regain more Lands

The Syrian army and resistance forces continued their advances in Aleppo province and they captured al-Borqi, Al-Ziwat and Zahra al-Hauz workshops along a strategic road leading to al-Taslih college.

The Syrian government and resistance forces still continue their mop-up operations along al-Taslih road.

The resistance forces also purged terrorists from al-Baz, Mouteh and al-Mohebeh heights in Aleppo province.

In a relevant development on Monday, the Syrian fighter jets targeted and destroyed the terrorists' aid convoys that were moving from Idlib to Aleppo.

Aug 02 06:52

Near 1,000 Militants Lay Down Arms, Surrender to Syrian Army in Daraa

Around 1,000 rebels in the Southern province of Daraa laid down their arms on Tuesday and turned themselves in to the Syrian officials amid the terrorist groups' threats against those who surrender to the government.

Aug 01 12:21

Julian Assange says “1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection” proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew that the US was sending arms from Libya to Syria in 2011, a year before the Benghazi attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then, after the Benghazi attacks, Hillary told the Congress she had no information on "alleged" gun-running to ISIS in Syria!

Aug 01 12:02

Syrian Army Captured Major ISIS-Daesh Warehouse, Weapons Made in USA

The Syrian Army has seized a major militant warehouse in the recently liberated Aleppo neighborhood of Bani Zeyd.

Most of captured weapons are from the US and Turkey and include such things as advanced US anti-tank missiles and launchers (BGM-71 TOW).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (utter and complete absence of) surprise!!

Aug 01 11:39

UK Approaching 1,000 Strikes Milestone In Iraq, Syria

The UK-based activist organization, Stop the War Coalition, says British airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased by a whopping 85 percent during the first half of the year, compared to the previous six months.

The organization made the announcement Sunday, based on data released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Aug 01 11:01

Syrian Democratic Forces Set up New Safe Passage to Evacuate Civilians form Manbij

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), mainly comprised of Kurdish fighters, beat ISIL terrorists back from more streets in Central Manbij and evacuated hundreds of trapped civilians to safer regions outside the town via a newly-established corridor. The SDF fighters in a rapid operation moved a large number of people from the battlefields in Central Manbij. The SDF fighters, meantime, continued to carry out clean-up operation in Eastern and Southeastern districts of Manbij...
11 civilians were killed and 53 others were injured due to terrorist attacks with rocket shells on al-Hamadanieh neighborhood in Aleppo city, as at least one killed and several more injured in similar attacks in Dara’a, Idlib, and Hama provinces. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950511001251

Aug 01 10:54

800 Terrorists Killed by Syrian Army, Russian Bombers in Aleppo. Kurdish Forces Win Back More Villages in Aleppo Province

The Syrian army troops and Russian air force repelled a massive militant attack today. More than 800 militants were killed, and 14 tanks, 10 infantry fighting vehicles, and more than 60 technical vehicles with mounted weapons were destroyed.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) regained full control over strategic areas after fierce clashes with the terrorists in Aleppo province over the last 24 hours. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950511000542
Syrian Democratic Forces Take Control over 70 Percent of Manbij http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950511000953
Syrian army and popular forces repelled offensives of Fatah al-Sham Front (newly formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as al-Nusra Front) on government forces' strongholds in the Southern and Southwestern countryside of Aleppo city. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950511000251

Aug 01 10:40

Aleppos of Mideast May Be Bleeding, But American Arms Firms Are Cashing in. Army Finds US-Made Arms Cache in Aleppo

When you hear US government officials criticising calls for civilians to evacuate the besieged city of Aleppo in Syria through humanitarian corridors, it’s not that they want to save lives; they want a continued conflict so they could live the good life...
The Syrian army units and popular forces discovered and seized a large amount of US-made weapons in Aleppo used by terrorists in the region. (+Video) http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950511000871

Aug 01 10:25

CIA Chief: May Be Impossible for Syria to Remain One Country

In comments at the Aspen Security Forum, CIA Director John Brennan warned that after five years of bloody civil war, he is no longer confident that it’s even possible for Syria to remain as a whole country, saying it may not be possible to avoid a partition.

This is not the first time US officials have mentioned partition as a possibility for Syria, and indeed Secretary of State John Kerry presented it back in February as “Plan B” if that ceasefire failed. The ceasefire is gone, but Brennan is the first official to bring it up since.

Indeed, US officials have long resisted the notion of even couching partition as a possibility, insisting they want Syria to remain united, and with a powerful central government, albeit a different, more pro-US ruling faction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to CIA Chief Brennan: forgive me, sir, but have you had a conversation with Syrian Bashar Al Assad, the duly elected President of Syria, about this?!?

Breaking Syria into bits may be something both the Kurds and Israelis would like to see happen; but it appears that you are no closer to achieving regime change in Damascus than when you started this illegal, immoral, and covert operation in Syria, completely ignoring that you were violating Syria's sovereignty, and causing untold deaths, injuries, and massive population displacements.

Aug 01 10:15

US-Backed Syrian Rebels Shoot Down Russian Helicopter, Abuse Crew Bodies

No group has claimed responsibility for downing a Russian Mi-8 helicopter on a humanitarian mission to aid the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, but the crash site is controlled by a rebel alliance, comprising al-Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and several other radical groups. Interestingly, the US views some of them as moderate.

Several gruesome videos that Sputnik will not publish for ethical reasons have appeared online following the attack that claimed the lives of three crew members and two officers. Their authenticity has not been verified.

Footage shows a crowd looking at the burning wreckage of what appears to be a Russian helicopter with several bodies nearby. Some bystanders can be heard shouting Allahu Akbar, or God is great in Arabic. One of the videos shows a rebel standing on a naked body, while another one depicts a mob dragging the body of what is said to be a Russian pilot through the dirt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact the US government has any control whatsoever, of the group which did this, then it appears that the US government is perfectly fine with Russian humanitarian flights getting hit, and their crews dying because of it.

If the mental images of what this report conjures up don't absolutely sear your conscience and disgust you, in terms of what this government does with our money, and in our names, then we have already lost the fight to restore decency, morality, and ultimately being on the right side of history when we support groups doing the US government's bidding.

More and more, with the US government and military, I am seeing a very definite tilt toward "the end justifies the means" thinking, which has, in times past, present, and future, land this country into some very dark places.

We as a country need to be in an honest, respectful, moral dialogue about where we are going with all these wars, both declared, and undeclared, and what they are actually doing for We the People.

The way I see it, the short answer is, not much; they are ultimately about control of foreign resources, to which the US government, nor the large corporations which support our politicians, and are developing those resources, and selling them only in US dollars, have absolutely no moral right whatsoever.

Aug 01 08:45

Russian mission: Terrorists respond with atrocities to humanitarian aid to Aleppo

Russia is calling upon all countries have a leverage to influence militant groups near Aleppo to urgently put strong pressures to make them stop mass atrocities against civilians being committed in response to the Russian-Syrian humanitarian operation, Russia’s envoy to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva, Aleksei Borodavkin, has told TASS. "The jihadists responded with mass terror to the large-scale Russian-Syrian humanitarian operation in Aleppo," Borodavkin said, adding that the situation in the city was "alarming" and "dramatic"...

Aug 01 07:53

Russia's Mi-8 Chopper Shot Down in Syria

"On August 1, a Russian military transport Mi-8 helicopter was shot down from the ground en route to the Hmeimim airbase after delivering humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo. A crew of three and two officers of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation were on board."

Aug 01 07:51

Battle for Aleppo City Heats up as Syrian Army Intensifies Offensives

Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) launched a large-scale offensive inside Aleppo City on Sunday morning that targeted the southern and northern districts under the government’s control.

The purpose of this massive offensive was to lift the two-week long siege on the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo City; however, this has not been achieved.

On Monday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces struck back against the terrorist rebels, firing a barrage of artillery shells and missiles towards their positions, while also attempting to recover the sites they lost.

According to the Aleppo-based journalist, Kinana Alloush, the Syrian Armed Forces cutoff the road between the Hikmah School and 1070 Housing Project, leaving Jaysh Al-Fateh besieged at the aforementioned site.

Jul 31 08:26

Iran Official: American, Israeli Drones Gather Data for Syria Terrorists

Washington and the Tel Aviv regime supply the Takfiri militants in Syria with intelligence obtained from the drones they fly over Syria, an Iranian official says.

Jul 31 08:26

Syria: Terrorists Continue to Surrender to Gov't Forces in Aleppo

"Tens of terrorists have surrendered to the authorities in Salahuddin and Sheikh Maqsoud districts in the last two day," the sources said.

The truce monitoring center in Humeimim also announced that 69 terrorists laid down their weapons and turned themselves to the government forces, meantime, 169 civilians were transferred to safer regions through the safe corridors opened by the Syrian army.

Also on Saturday, more terrorists turned themselves in to the Syrian Army troops and poplar forces in the besieged city of Aleppo.

"Terrorists in Eastern part of Aleppo are hopeless. They are trapped in the Syrian army's circle of forces and have no way out. They are calling for government's pardon in groups," the sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the east of Aleppo is under siege by the Syrian army, those terrorists now have been encircled.

West of Aleppo has been under Syrian government control...If Eastern Aleppo falls to Syrian army..that will shorten this war's time in Syria to few months. All roads connecting those terrorists to outside have been cut off.

Jul 31 08:22

Battle of Aleppo: “Moderate” Agents of Disintegration Are at the End of Their Rope

Media outlets in the Arab world continue to lie about the ongoing battle by the Syrian Army to liberate the besieged city of Aleppo.

They claim the battle to retake the city is “most viciously inhumane” and that “destroying Aleppo’s hospitals, schools, markets and its population continue unabated.” Leading lives of noisy desperation, they also claim hundreds of innocents are dying because of the bombing and that this must stop.

Obviously, there is a real sense of desperation here as they refuse to see the realities on the ground:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama and Clinton have their own version of Vietnam.

Jul 31 08:03

Source Dismisses Haaretz Report on Injuring Basij Commander in Syria

An informed source denied reports by the Israeli daily, Haaretz, that Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi was wounded by Israeli forces or terrorists during a publicized visit this weekend to Southern Syria.

Jul 30 11:00

Saudi Arabia is Setting a Trap for Moscow Yet Againhttp://journal-neo.org/2016/07/29/saudi-arabia-is-setting-a-trap-for-moscow-yet-again/

Apparently, Washington has decided to crush Russia along with Iran and Syria, without waiting for the arrival of Hillary Clinton as a newly elected head of state. It looks like behind the scenes, rulers of America are afraid of the possible victory of Donald Trump during the upcoming election. Therefore, they are in a rush to achieve their primary strategic goal – to bring down Vladimir Putin and induce regime change in Russia at any cost. In a bid to achieve this goal they are relying on two strategies – the dropping of oil prices and the undermining of Russia’s and Iran’s positions in Syria. The recent scandal with the Olympics, brilliantly organized by Washington, London, Paris and Berlin, has struck a painful blow to Moscow’s reputation. A possible defeat in Syria could be even more painful, especially if it is accompanied by continuously decreasing oil prices, which would undermine Russia’s economy.

Jul 30 10:18

Russian Fighters Pound Terrorists in N Aleppo as SAA Intensifies Offensives

The Russian Air Force reemerged in the northern Aleppo countryside on Friday night, targeting several position of Fatah Halab’s at the villages of ‘Atarib, Kafr Hamra, Haritan, and Hayyan near the ‘Anadan Plains.

According a military in source Aleppo City told told Al-Masdar News that while the Russians attack Fatah Halab from the air, the Syrian Armed Forces began moving their ground units towards the Kafr Hamra, where they are expected to attack in the coming days.

Since the capture of the Bani Zaid District on Wednesday, the Syrian Armed Forces have been mobilizing soldiers from the 4th Mechanized Division and Syrian Republican Guard units in preparation for their next round of attacks against Fatah Halab.

Jul 30 10:08

Four Reasons Why Liberation of Aleppo Would Mean an End to the Syrian War

As the Syrian army advances in the jihadist-ravaged city of Aleppo, Russian political analysts explain why the once-vibrant metropolis, formerly home to 2.3 million people, is of prime importance to all the parties of the conflict and can play a key role in settlement of the ongoing crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Post the abortive coup in Turkey, Turkey's government will be pivoting to Russia and working with it to restore Al-Assad's government in contested areas.

Effectively, as of this moment, the US government has lost any hope it had of creating regime change against Al-Assad.

The US government-enabled war in Syria is, for all intents and purposes, over.

Jul 30 09:25

More Terrorists Surrender to Syrian Gov't Forces in Aleppo

"Terrorists in Eastern part of Aleppo are hopeless. They are trapped in the Syrian army's circle of forces and have no way out. They are calling for government's pardon in groups," the sources said. Also on Thursday, a large number of terrorists laid down arms and surrendered to Syrian army in Aleppo province.
Syrian Army Continues to Advance against Terrorists in Southwestern Ghouta http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000252
Syrian Army Repels Terrorists' Attacks at Lattakia Border with Turkey http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000236
Syrian Democratic Forces on Verge of Full Liberation of Manbij in Aleppo http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000568
Syrian Democratic Forces Capture Key Neighborhood in Manbij http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000274
Syrian Democratic Forces Evacuate Hundreds of Civilians from Manbij Battlefield http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000461

Jul 30 09:23

Clinton to ‘Reset’ Syria War, Focus on Ousting Assad

According to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy adviser, she would order a “full review” of the Syrian war as her first task upon taking office, with an eye toward a “reset” of the conflict to shift focus toward attacking the Assad government and imposing regime change.

Clinton’s aide, former Pentagon chief of staff Jeremy Bash, insisted that Assad’s was a “murderous regime” and that US foreign policy would be to escalate both the war against ISIS and this new war against Assad to get both “out of there” at the same time.

Syria has been the subject of a lot of debate in the Obama Administration, with the Pentagon seeking a focus on ISIS, the CIA wanting to shift entirely to fighting Assad, and Secretary of State John Kerry negotiating a deal with Russia to expand the war to include al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the HRC Campaign and the DNC: post attempted coup, (which Erdogan believes the US government generated), Turkey is moving away from the US and NATO, and toward Russia.

They are refusing to assist the US in Syria, plus the NATO base in Incerlik is in lockdown, including 1500 US troops and 90 nuclear bombs.

The US attempts at unseating al-Assad have just evaporated, and if there is a larger air campaign against Syria, generated either by Obama or yourself, should you steal/win the election, Russia will counter it.

Madame Secretary, is a war with Russia over Syria the outcome you wish to see should you become president?!?

Because, if elected, if you move forward with this plan, that is precisely the outcome you will receive.

This sounds like an outcome the government of Israel would very much like to see; of course, with Americans doing the dying and getting maimed for life, of course.

Jul 30 09:20

The Party Is Over: ISIL Is Battered and on the Retreat

The foreign-backed attempt to regime change Syria and establish an “American Caliphate” in the Levant has failed and is now history.
That said, the struggle continues both within and outside the region. Consider the following news headlines:
Syrian Planes Drop "Surrender Now" Leaflets over Militant Positions
Syrian Army Regains Control over Strategic Regions in Hama
Terrorists Stop Civilians from Leaving Aleppo Through 'Safe Passages'
Large Number of Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham Militants Killed in Homs
Free Syrian Army Group Lays Down Arms, Surrenders
Army, Allies Celebrate Full Liberation of Bani Zeid in Aleppo
Syrian TV Declares Full Freedom of Aleppo's Lairamoun Industrial Zone
Syrian Troops Seize Rebel-Held Area Near Damascus

Jul 30 09:17

Syria Blasts Massacre of Civilians in US-Led Coalition Airstrikes

Syria lashed out at the US-led coalition for killing 45 civilians and injuring 50 others in airstrikes near the city of Manbij in Aleppo on Thursday, calling on the UN to take rapid action to stop the massacre. “In two letters addressed to head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General, the [foreign] ministry called for stopping attacks and atrocities committed against civilians, calling for bringing the perpetrators to justice,” the state news agency SANA reported. “The letters went on to say that any counterterrorism efforts in Syria are doomed unless done in cooperation with the Syrian government in accordance with international law and the UN Charter,” it added. On Thursday night, US Central Command (CENTCOM) acknowledged that the airstrikes “may have resulted in civilian casualties,” but did not name a figure, pending a likely future investigation.

Jul 30 09:14

Shocking footage: USA bombed Syrian town into dust, relatives of the killed damn America (PHOTOS, VIDEO 21+)

Encircled by the American and British special forces and Kurdish and Arab fighters from the so called «Syrian Democratic Forces» Syrian city of Manbij and its suburbs is being constantly striken from the air. Despite there are more than 40 thousand civilians left in the city NATO aviation carries out airstrikes with no particular targets, in the day and in the night, with no regard whether it is house of worship, residential house or hospital. There is no power supply in the city, no water and food supplies. City streets have become a battlefiled with heavy armements employed...

Jul 30 08:32

US, Israel forces stage secret military drill

Israel and the United States have reportedly staged a joint secret war game in southern Israel amid growing military cooperation between the two sides.

Israeli media said on Thursday that the drill dubbed ‘Noble Shirley’ was held in Negev Desert to improve cooperation between American and Israeli forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Turkey opting out of the US agenda, following that botched coup, the US may want to use Israel as the new launching platform for the war in the Middle East. Israel will not like this, as it makes them a target, but for enough of your money, I am sure Netanyahu will agree.

Jul 30 08:02

Three humanitarian corridors organized for civilians fleeing Aleppo

The Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria in cooperation with the Syrian governmental authorities organized in Aleppo in a humanitarian operation three humanitarian corridors, and four more are to be offered besides, the center’s head Lieutenant-General Sergei Chvarkov said on Saturday. "Right now, for civilians, whom terrorists kept hostage, as well as for militants, who chose to lay arms, we have organized three humanitarian corridors. In the areas of those humanitarian corridors we have equipped stations with hot food and medical assistance. The Syrian authorities have prepared six centers of humanitarian assistance, which can accommodate and satisfy needs of more than 3,000 people." Since beginning of the humanitarian operation 169 civilians have used the humanitarian corridors, as well as 69 militants, who laid arms. Qualified medical assistance was offered to 59 people.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 30 07:19

Militants block civilians from leaving Aleppo as Russian military open humanitarian corridors

Residents of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo rushed for long-awaited supplies of food and essentials on Friday, as the Russian military opened three humanitarian corridors for civilians and militants who had agreed to lay down their arms.

However the governor of Aleppo province Mohammad Marwan Olabi has told the SANA news agency that militants are blocking several dozen families from leaving the eastern areas of the city.

Jul 30 07:19

Aleppo: Dozens of families evacuated from besieged Syrian city through 'humanitarian corridor'

Russia confirms 169 civilians were able to leave the opposition-held east of Syria's Aleppo city through a "humanitarian corridor".

Dozens of families were reportedly among the evacuees who passed through the passage in the Salaheddin neighbourhood that led to the government-held area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Obama is about to get his own Vietnam!

Jul 30 07:18

Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo

Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians.

Jul 29 15:22

Hillary Clinton and Her Hawks

As Hillary Clinton begins her final charge for the White House, her advisers are already recommending air strikes and other new military measures against the Assad regime in Syria.

The clear signals of Clinton’s readiness to go to war appears to be aimed at influencing the course of the war in Syria as well as U.S. policy over the remaining six months of the Obama administration. (She also may be hoping to corral the votes of Republican neoconservatives concerned about Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary will use the White House to erase her mistakes made as Secretary of State!

Jul 29 15:15

Lessons In Activism: Middle School Students Advocate For Syrian Refugees

On the last day before spring break at Manhattan Country School, a progressive school in New York City, the 7th and 8th graders were busy at work with their activism campaign, “Build Bridges, Not Borders.” In one classroom, a group of students gathered near the phone, waiting for their turn to call Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to encourage the resettlement of Syrian refugees in New York. In another room, students practiced their talking points and arguments in anticipation of their lobbying trip to Washington, DC, where they would ask congressional representatives to oppose bills that would block the refugee resettlement process and sign a resolution that would condemn hateful rhetoric against Muslims in the United States.

Jul 29 12:44

Syria says latest US-led coalition strikes killed 45 civilians near Manbij

Syria has appealed to the UN claiming that 45 civilians were killed and 50 injured in US-led coalition airstrikes outside the city of Manjib near Aleppo on Thursday.

Jul 29 10:23

Syria: Govt Forces Advance On Aleppo Day Before Humanitarian Corridors Opening Expected

Footage released by Syrian military’s media branch shows intense fighting in Aleppo.

Jul 29 08:48

US Envoy: Syrian Offer of Safe Passage for Aleppo Civilians ‘Chilling’

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power condemned Syria’s leaflets, urging civilians in rebel-held East Aleppo to flee and offering them safe passage and access to temporary shelters “chilling,” insisting that the civilians must never trust a government “that’s bombed & starved them.”

Syria’s military has increased its control over the area surrounding Aleppo recently, controlling all roads leading into the east. Eastern Aleppo is controlled mostly by al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) having a presence in two of the districts.

Power’s condemnation of leaflets urging civilians to evacuate, apart from being in keeping with condemning Syria for whatever they do, doesn’t make a lot of sense, since it exactly mirrors what Iraq has done in recovering cities from ISIS, trying to get as many civilians as possible out before using US airstrikes to pound the fighters within.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Powers states that Syrian civilians must never trust a government “that’s bombed & starved them ”, then they cannot trust the US government or the alleged "moderate" Syrian rebels!!

Jul 29 07:46

Motives Behind the Rebranding of Al-Nusra Front

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, in August 2011, to April 2013, Islamic State and al-Nusra Front were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al Nusra.” Although, the current al-Nusra Front is led by Abu Mohammad al Jolani but he was appointed as the Emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in January 2012. The current Al-Nusra Front is only a splinter group of Islamic State which split away from its parent organization in April 2013 over a dispute between the leaders of two organizations.

Jul 29 07:24

Russian Deal With Turkey Could Spell Game Over for US and Rebels in Syria

Commenting on the results of the recent meeting on Syria in Geneva between Russia, the UN and the US and on the prospects of a possible ending of the Syrian war, Russian political expert Vyacheslav Matuzov suggests that much will now depend on the talks between Russia and Turkey: if they agree, the rebels and their US masters will lose the war.

Jul 29 07:22

Russia Sends more Advanced Spy Planes to Syria

The Russian manufactured “Tupolev Tu-214R” has reportedly flown to the Hmeimim airbase outside the Syrian coastal city of Jableh in Southern Lattakia.

The Tu-214R will likely be used to track terrorist movements around the country, which is similar to what was originally used for before the ceasefire agreement.

Jul 29 04:37

“Don’t Cry For Us Syria … The Truth is We Shall Never Leave You!”

“Don’t cry for us Syria” has recently become a motto/logo of sorts for many physically and psychologically brutalized youth around this ancient land. They are the youngsters who represent a new generation of Syrians, many of whom were born in this century. It is into their patriotic hands that Syria’s Torch has been passed.

Jul 28 18:53

Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

With terrorist attacks from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia to Baghdad, and of course many other places in the world, the news of the day is all about ISIS. This gets reported in a very isolated way, without much historical context at all. This Wahhabism, extreme, radical Islam, whatever terminology you want to use, the thing that doesn't get said very often is to what extent this was all a tool of US foreign policy and for decades

Jul 28 12:46

Convict Barry and Hillary For high crimes in Syria and Libya — James Ostrowski on how

I watched the GOP convention last week and, as usual, they missed the point. They were still focusing on Hillary’s “damn emails” and on her alleged negligent supervision of the CIA compound in Benghazi. Don’t expect the clueless GOP to ask why the hell the CIA had a compound in Libya in the first place? Never forget that the GOP is the stupid party.

Jul 28 11:26

ABU GHRAIB TORTURE COMPANY RE-HIRED FOR SYRIA - HOW ISIS WILL BENEFIT

DURING THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ U.S. INTELLIGENCE AND MILITARY SERVICES CONTRACTED CACI INTERNATIONAL INC, A U.S. COMPANY IN VIRGINIA, TO PROVIDE "INTELLIGENCE SERVICES" IN ABU GHRAIB PRISON NEAR BAGHDAD. CACI EMPLOYEES WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN TORTURING IRAQI PRISONERS.

The U.S. army recently contracted CACI for "intelligence analysis services" in Syria. The Syrian government has not invited or otherwise allowed U.S. military or its contractors to enter the country. Any such activities infringes on Syria's sovereignty and are thereby in violation of international law.

The re-engagement of such a controversial company for services in the area boosts the recruitment appeal of the Islamic State.

A recent U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Press Announcement (Release No: CR-143-16, July 27, 2016) lists under the rubric "Army":

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully obvious to me that such a rehire of a company which tortures (to the tune of 9 million dollars and change of your tax dollars) is paving the way for a more permanent war in the Middle East.

People who torture, and can do it for pay, and with impunity, are among the most psychologically ill people on the planet; and those are precisely the kind of human beings CACI will send to Syria.

This is both insane and counter-intuitive, because humankind has learned, since the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured person to say what they think the torturer want them to say, in order for the torture to stop.

Apparently, the DOD wants false information in Syria from which they can weave a "narrative" they can then "sell" to Americans as a premise for further military intervention in that country.

When the US tortures or outsources torture, It broadcasts to the world that those values its leaders say they hold dear, humane treatment of prisoners, and peoples' right to peaceful self-determination, are only observed in the breach of those values, and not in their observance.

Additionally, the use of torture gives carte blanche for any country which doesn't much care for the US carte blanche to do just that to American citizens or our military personnel.

Please think about that for awhile.

And as reported at knowlegednuts.com, one of the most effective interrogators of World War II didn't use torture at all; he used trickery and kindness to get the information he wanted.

Hanns Scharff wasn’t your typical Nazi interrogator. Unlike the infamous Klaus Barbie, he didn’t believe in using physical violence. Instead, Scharff got prisoners to spill their secrets through trickery and kindness. The Whole Bushel When the Gestapo arrested French Resistance leader Jean Moulin, they used just about every method in the torturer’s handbook to make him talk. Officer Klaus Barbie and his secret policemen put hot needles under Moulin’s fingernails, tightened his handcuffs until his wrists snapped, and slammed a door on his hands until his fingers broke. Despite the brutal beatings, Moulin never cracked. He kept his mouth shut until he slipped into a coma and died. It was a tragic ending to a heroic life, and a strong indicator that Barbie’s methods, while bloody, weren’t all that effective. Perhaps if Moulin had been sent to Hanns Scharff, the story would have had a happier ending. Scharff was the friendliest interrogator of World War II. Fluent in English, Scharff grilled pilots who were shot down over Germany. Unlike the notorious Barbie, Scharff had a much more positive approach to interrogations. This Luftwaffe officer was a master of mind games. Before he quizzed a prisoner at the Dulag Luft camp, Scharff dug up as much background information on his subjects as possible. Even if he could only find basic info, he fooled prisoners into thinking he already knew all about their objectives. Since he was already aware of their activities, they might as well talk about them, right? Next, Scharff disarmed his prisoners by becoming their best bud. He often took them on trips to the local zoo, and he even let one prisoner take a ride in a German plane. After building a rapport with a POW, Scharff would take him on walks through the Oberursel forest. Together, the Nazi and the Allied pilot would stroll through the pine trees, observing the birds and chatting about America or England. The whole time, Scharff was listening for little slip-ups that would reveal information vital to the German war machine. Prisoners might inadvertently mention something about bomb sights or causally say something about operational plans. They might tell a story about their training or talk about the planes they used to fly. Scharff was such a smooth talker, such a friendly guy, that the prisoners had no idea they were being conned. They were just glad they weren’t being electrocuted. Many of them signed his guestbook before leaving the camp. In fact, after the war, he was invited to many POW reunions because he was such a gentleman. Eventually, Scharff moved to the US where he helped the Air Force come up with survival techniques for downed pilots, and taught intelligence agencies how to peacefully interrogate suspects. The Army was so impressed with Scharff’s methods that they incorporated his methods into their curriculum, and soldiers attending interrogation school learn all about his techniques.

Jul 28 07:48

Putin promises rebel fighters a safe 'way-out' if they surrender as Russian-backed Syrian army surrounds war-torn Aleppo amid fears of humanitarian 'catastrophe' in besieged city

Russia said three humanitarian corridors will be opened around the battered northern city 'to aid civilians held hostage by terrorists and for fighters wishing to lay down their arms'.

Jul 28 07:21

US Slob-Dressed Ambassador Pathetically Excuses Murder in Syria

Samantha Power would not explain how US planes mistakenly bombed hundreds of civilians, but whined about 'civil society' groups. Yet she and Obama are total failures at advancing human rights they claim to champion

Jul 28 07:02

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 28, 2016: MAJOR GAINS OF PRO-GOVERNMENT FORCES IN ALEPPO

Heavy clashes are ongoing in and near Aleppo city as pro-government forces are tightening the siege of its militant-controlled areas.

On July 27, the Fateh Halab militant group launched an advance on the Kurdish controlled neighborhood of Aleppo city, Sheikh Maqsood. The Fateh Halab advance was supported by heavy artillery fire from the militant-controlled neighborhoods of Bani Zaid and Sakan Shababi. However, jihadists were not able to break the Kurdish YPG defenses and Fateh Halab lost several fighters in the failed advance.

Then, YPG units counter-attacked the militants in Youth Housing and seized it. This move contributed to the Syrian army’s operation aimed to encircle east of Aleppo.

Jul 28 06:49

Syrian helicopters drop leaflets urging rebels to surrender, as Assad speaks of pardon

Syrian helicopters dropped thousands of leaflets over rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, urging rebels to lay down their weapons and the civilians to cooperate with the Syrian army.

"Aleppo is winning: to all those holding weapons in the face of the Syrian state, you have got to seriously think about your fate, as many of your leaders have fled with their money to Turkey," the leaflet read.

"Don't risk yourself, it's your decision, you don't have much time left," it continued.

Jul 28 06:44

ISIS show off military kit 'captured from Free Syrian Army'

ISIS releases video showing array of weaponry, including rockets, automatic rifles and camera-equipped drones they claim were being used by the Western-backed Free Syrian Army

Jul 28 04:29

ABU GHRAIB TORTURE COMPANY RE-HIRED FOR SYRIA - HOW ISIS WILL BENEFIT

During the occupation of Iraq U.S. intelligence and military services contracted CACI International Inc, a U.S. company in Virginia, to provide "intelligence services" in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. CACI employees were directly involved in torturing Iraqi prisoners. The U.S. army recently contracted CACI for "intelligence analysis services" in Syria. The Syrian government has not invited or otherwise allowed U.S. military or its contractors to enter the country. Any such activities infringes on Syria's sovereignty and are thereby in violation of international law. The re-engagement of such a controversial company for services in the area boosts the recruitment appeal of the Islamic State.

Jul 27 16:08

Israel: Annexing More of Syria's Golan Territory For a "Safe Zone"- History Repeats

Some Syrian opposition figures with strong ties to Israeli officials confirmed to Al-Monitor an increased interest in the creation of a safe zone in southern Syria. Actions on the ground are proving that such a project may be underway.

Jul 27 13:06

Turkey Warms To Russia; Pipeline, Sanctions To Be Discussed, Qatar Blames KSA, UAE For Coup

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s been over a week since the Turkish coup has taken place and still no one definitively knows what happened, who was behind it, and who was originally meant to benefit. It is rather obvious now that, since the coup did not succeed, Erdogan will find himself in a much safer position domestically than before it took place by virtue of the massive governmental and military purge that has taken place in its aftermath. Internationally, however, is another question...

Jul 27 12:29

Syrian Air Force to Get Russian Su-24M2 Frontline Bombers

The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency.

Jul 27 07:02

West can’t stand independent Syria: Assad

Syria’s president says Western countries started supporting anti-Damascus militants because they could not bear to see the Arab country leading an independent existence.

Jul 27 06:51

“Bigger Than Watergate” – Hillary Clinton And The Syrian Bloodbath

In 2012, Clinton was the obstacle, not the solution, to a ceasefire being negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. It was US intransigence – Clinton’s intransigence – that led to the failure of Annan’s peace efforts in the spring of 2012, a point well known among diplomats. Despite Clinton’s insinuation in the Milwaukee debate, there was (of course) no 2012 ceasefire, only escalating carnage. Clinton bears heavy responsibility for that carnage, which has by now displaced more than 10 million Syrians and left more than 250,000 dead.

Jul 26 13:30

May Scraps ‘Minister For Syrian Refugees’ Role Invented By Cameron

British Prime Minister Theresa May has axed the ministerial post responsible for ensuring 20,000 Syrian refugees are accommodated in the UK by 2020.

Jul 26 11:29

Ron Paul Asks: Can Bombs Win War On ISIS?

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq has dropped its 50,000th bomb recently, yet the end of the two-year effort is nowhere in sight. Meanwhile civilians are being killed by the hundreds by US bombs on Syria.

Jul 26 10:57

In Signal to Military, Hillary Clinton Picks Senator Tim Kaine as Running Mate

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump, and particularly with the Republican candidate’s attitude toward Russia. Clinton also wanted to repudiate any association with the issues of social inequality that motivated the widespread support for her main rival in the primaries, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Kaine is among the most hawkish figures among Senate Democrats. As governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Kaine oversaw billions of dollars in cuts to the state budget. The state of Virginia is a major center for the military and defense industry, and is home to the Pentagon and the headquarters of the CIA.

Between 2009 and 2011, Kaine served as the head of the Democratic National Committee, the leadership body of the Democratic Party. He is close to Wall Street, having recently backed measures to deregulate banks.

Jul 26 10:38

Syrian Military Release Video Of Heavy Fighting With Al-Nusra Front Near Damascus

Heavy clashes between Syrian forces and Al-Nusra front extremists continued in a village near Damascus on Saturday.

Jul 26 09:10

US, Russia Still At Odds Over Syria, Carter Says

United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says his country’s stance on Syria is still far from that of Russia.

Carter made the remarks on Monday amid ongoing discussions led by US Secretary of State John Kerry over a military agreement between Washington and Moscow.

Jul 26 08:01

ISIS says U.S. warplane shot down, crew killed; Pentagon dismisses claim

The official news agency of the self-styled Islamic State claimed Monday that it forces shot down an American warplane, a claim the U.S. military quickly dismissed.

“The crew of the U.S. warplane that was shot down by Islamic State fighters near Ayn Asad Airbase is dead,” read a statement by the Amaq news agency.

The Islamic State claim did not specify whether the air crew was killed in the crash or captured alive and executed.

However, the U.S. military quickly rebutted the claim as false.

Jul 26 07:43

British Muslim Convert In Syria Says Does Not Work For Daesh

A 20-year-old Briton who converted to Islam and traveled to Syria says he opposes the Daesh Takfiri group and is in the Muslim country to search ”for the truth, and people of the truth.”

Branded “‘Jihadi Jack” and a member of the terror group by the British media, Jack Letts, from Oxford, denied the allegations, further saying that he did not “regret” that he went to Syria, the Guardian reported Monday.

Jul 26 06:50

Lavrov calls plans for regime change in Syria 'villainy'

The calls for Syria’s regime change come from narrow-minded people, unless they are villains, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday in an interview for the website of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS).

The Islamic State (terrorist organization banned in Russia) does not limit itself to repressions against the Christians," Lavrov said. "With equal frenzy they cut off Shiites’ heads, desecrate and destroy both Christian and Shia shrines."

"Moreover, the IS members also apply special criteria to the Sunnis," he said. "Not every Sunni is acceptable for IS with its ideology."

Jul 26 06:20

THE US-SAUDI PLAN TO PROMPT AN IRANIAN PULLBACK FROM SYRIA

The US and Saudi Arabia have been conspiring with one another to engineer a series of crises that could prompt Iran to pull back its troops in Syria and redeploy them back to the homeland. The modus operandi has been to encourage peripheral insurgencies inside the Islamic Republic’s borderland regions concurrent with a terrorist threat to the interior, all while stirring up Color Revolution commotion. In short, Washington and Riyadh are working hard to wage a multidimensional Hybrid War on Iran, and all indications point to each respective component of this campaign intensifying in the coming months as the US turns up the heat against its decades-long Mideast rival.

Jul 26 06:19

Is US ‘importing’ terrorism to Middle East as claimed by Philippine president?

US policy of supporting “moderate” jihadists and “legitimate” dictators by ignoring their war crimes and arming them and selectively overthrowing governments elsewhere seems to lend credence to President Duerte’s assertion that US “imported” terrorism to the Mideast

Jul 25 15:58

Syrian Refugee Wielding Machete Kills 1, Injures 2 In Reutlingen, Germany

At least one person has been killed and two more injured in an incident in the German town of Reutlingen.

Jul 25 11:44

Washington Bans Moscow From Joining US-Led Coalition Against Daesh in Syria

Brett McGurk, a Special Envoy for the US-led coalition against Daesh radical group, also known as the Islamic state or IS, has claimed that Washington does not trust Moscow and will not allow it to join the 45-country military alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because Russia keeps insisting on bombing ISIS, when we really want to .... omb-bay assad-ay!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 25 08:32

'Timber Sycamore': Untold Story of CIA Covert Operation in Syria

The US involvement in Syria comes in "two main flavors": one is an overt military operation which aims to defeat Daesh (ISIL/ISIS), while the other is a CIA-led clandestine program to support the Syrian rebels which are seeking to topple Bashar al-Assad.

Jul 25 08:23

FLASHBACK - US Officials Refuse to Comment on Reports That CIA Weapons for ??Syria? "Rebels" Stolen Again

Jul 24 16:26

Western Charity: The Selling, Trading and Weaponization of Syria’s Children

By Diane Mantzaris

More needs to be written about all the US/allied backed al Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) groups on Facebook posing as refugee humanitarian organizations and related charities. Because their pages are shared amongst unsuspecting and caring friends and artist colleagues in Australia, I am writing it up myself.

Western media outlets continue to portray terrorists inside Syria filming each other as factual reporting. This includes the now widely exposed US/UK USAID Cox charity funded White Helmets working hand in hand with Jabhat al Nusra (a faction of al Qaeda) who are billed as rescuers all over our TV sets...

Jul 24 15:55

Eric Trump’s full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

“To whom much is given, much will be required.

“This is the very belief that made my father make this great sacrifice.
“To run for the most powerful yet unforgiving office in the world.

“There is no greater calling….

“Vote for the candidate who can’t be bought, sold, purchased, coerced, intimidated or steered from the path that is right, and just and true….

“To the veteran tuning into this speech from his or her hospital, whose been ignored and disrespected by an ungrateful system, my father is running for you….

“Vote for the one candidate who does not need this job.”

— Eric Trump, son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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